SWS Appoints John Thomas as VP, National Sales Director for Wal-Mart and Sam's Club
For Immediate Release                                 Contact: Brad Vassar
                                                                  Executive Vice President - General Manager Florida
                                                                  Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida
                                                                  Telephone: (305) 625-4171

SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS OF AMERICA APPOINTS JOHN THOMAS AS VICE PRESIDENT, NATIONAL SALES DIRECTOR FOR WAL-MART STORES, INC. AND SAM’S CLUB

MIAMI - January, 2006 – Brad Vassar, Executive Vice President – General Manager of Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc., the country’s largest wine and spirits distributor with operations in 21 states, today announced that John Thomas has been appointed Vice President, National Sales Director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and Sam’s Club for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. The appointment is effective immediately.

According to Mr. Vassar, in this role, Mr. Thomas is responsible for leading and coordinating Southern Wine & Spirits of America’s overall sales, marketing and merchandising efforts with both Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. as well as its wholly owned division, SAM’S CLUB group. A 15-year Company veteran, Mr. Thomas most recently served as National Sales Director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and SAM’S CLUB for Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. and before that as Statewide Director for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. and SAM’S CLUB at Southern Wine & Spirits of Florida.

Commenting on the appointment, “John is key member of both our Florida and national teams and all of us look forward to working closely with him to further deepen our overall sales and marketing efforts on behalf of our supplier partners with Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club.”

Mr. Thomas said, “With this new challenge I am extremely honored and I look forward to working closely with our entire Florida and national teams to bring the very highest levels of sales and marketing attention on behalf of Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club and in partnership with all our suppliers.”

Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. is the nation’s largest wine and spirits distributor, with current operations in 21 states. The multi-state distributor currently operates in:  Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia and West Virginia. On a national basis, Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Inc. employs more than 10,000 team members.


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